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Explaining how the USpend sweep works


You work hard for your money. Make it work hard for you.

When you become a UBank customer, one of our priorities is to help you be the best saver you can be. So, in addition to offering an awesome bonus interest rate, we also use an innovative Sweep Technology.

Everyone at UBank loves Sweep, and lots of our customers do, too. But we do get quite a few questions about it. What is it? Why is it good for me? How does it work? Are there different kinds of Sweeps?

We’ve answered your FAQs to help you understand exactly how Sweeps work, and why you should sign up for a UBank account if you haven’t already!

What is it?

Sweep Technology allows your savings and transaction accounts to be BFF’s and work together so you get more from each account – without you having to lift a finger.

How? Sweeps are automatic transfers between your USave (savings) and your USpend (transaction) account to help ensure two things:

  1. Your spare cash can be earning you interest.
  2. You have money on hand for your everyday purchases (assuming, of course, you have the funds available).

Why is it good for me?

Or maybe, “why is my bank moving my money between my accounts” are questions you’re asking yourself.

Sweep Technology was developed with our customers in mind; to make it as easy as possible for you to earn interest on your spare cash, while ensuring you can still access your money when you need to.

How does it work?

First, let’s look at Overnight Sweeps.

Simply choose a minimum ($100 or more) balance for your USpend then leave the rest to us.

At the start of each day, we’ll Sweep whatever amount is needed from your USave into your USpend, so that at least the minimum amount you’ve chosen is ready for you when you wake up.

Spend throughout the day as needed (coffee, groceries, transport etc.), knowing that we’ll top up your USpend for you that night.

It works the other way too. If you get paid into your USpend (or receive a deposit from someone), and it takes you over the maximum amount you’ve set, at the end of the day, we’ll sweep that excess into your USave, so it can start earning interest.

What if I need to access more than what’s in my USpend?

We’ve thought of that too! Say you want to make a purchase that would take your USpend into the red, or maybe you need to pay a bill – that’s where a Live* Sweep can help.

Perfect for when you want to make a purchase in-store (like that TV you’ve been saving for), we’ll move money from your USave into your USpend in the blink of an eye so that your purchase can go through.

Just remember: for in-store purchases, a Live Sweep won’t work if you use PayWave or if you select “credit” on the EFTPOS machine.

There are some other times when a Live Sweep won’t kick in – which simply means you’ll need to manually transfer funds between your accounts.

*Head here for the nitty gritty on a Live Sweep.

Why am I seeing additional transactions on my statements?

Once you’re set up, don’t panic when you see additional transactions marked as ‘Sweep from’ or ‘Sweep to’ on your statement that you don’t remember making.

This is simply a tracked record of your Sweeps as they happen so you have visibility on everything that’s happening with your UBank accounts.

The information contained in this article is of a general nature only. It doesn’t take account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, you should consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances and seek independent legal, financial, and taxation advice.